All rooms within this Briargrove custom home by Rudolph Colby “open to atrium and fountain areas.” Earlier this week, the corner lot property lowered its asking price once more, to $1,329,000, for its re-listing by the same agent. Back in February, the home debuted at $1,595,000, with reductions to $1,469,000 in April and $1,380,000 in June for the summer months.
Built in 1994, the 4,929-sq.-ft. home is not the largest of the newer homes infiltrating the tight-knit neighborhood. On its stretch of street, however, the house stands taller, bigger, and distinct. Landscaping between its two gabled wings helps conceal a brick wall that appears to match the height of neighboring fifties ranch homes. An entryway streetside leads into a brick-paved courtyard-with-fountain surrounded by window walls and glass-paneled doors:
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Like many of the common areas in the home, the entry hall has stained concrete floors. Floor-to-ceiling windows, used throughout the first floor, frame outdoor views.
A low wall with squared columns — or is that a wall with large cutouts? — marks the border between the front hall and step-down living room, with its très tray ceiling. Views extend across, through, and beyond adjoining rooms. The living room’s windows overlook what the listing labels a second courtyard — which has the home’s second fountain, an arbor, and a bit of lawn remaining on the south side of the 8,658-sq.-ft. lot:
Just off the living room, a smaller space with a wall of built-in shelving has been used as a family room. Its windows — and matching door — also face the back yard:
In the butler’s pantry, the combination of shelving and glass-fronted cabinets mimics the windows elsewhere in the home. A diamond pattern, meanwhile, appears in the tiled counter tops, in a wrought iron grill separating the kitchen from its eating area, and in the wallpapered half-bath nearby:
There’s a laundry room, extra storage, and a “crafts closet” near the informal dining area:
The first-floor master bedroom has a rare view of the street, though the sitting area overlooks the front courtyard:
Upstairs, the home has 4 bedrooms and a few more (camera shy) bathrooms.
A 2004 “playroom” addition with media and hobby areas also tapped Colby Design:
Twilight shots: of the side entry off a graveled extra parking area . . .
and that backyard courtyard:
- 6201 Chevy Chase Dr. [HAR]